10 Sleeping Positions: Your Favorite Nap Time Posture Can Reveal Your True Personality

August 5, 2019 Updated: August 6, 2019

Your favorite snoozing position says more about you than you may think.

Some of us curl up tight, while some of us sprawl luxuriously, taking up all the space on offer. Nectar Sleep reminds us that we spend a third of our lives sleeping, so it’s not arbitrary; the way you sleep can reveal a lot about your inner proclivities and personality traits.

From postures like the classic “Log” to the ethereal “Yearner,” scroll down and find out: What does your preferred sleeping position say about you?

1. “The Baby,” fierce but feeling

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Curling up in the fetal position while you sleep (and it’s twice as many women than men who do, by the way) indicates a deep, childlike sensitivity. You may have a tough, social exterior, but you are likely quite introverted and deeply feeling on the inside.

Fun fact: this is the most common sleeping position of all according to a survey by Better Sleep.

2. “The Starfish,” a faithful friend

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If you sleep on your back with your legs kicked wide and your arms over your head, then it may come as no surprise to learn that you are a pretty confident person! Starfish make friends easily and are loyal to the end. Starfish, however, are not wild about being the center of attention.

3. “The Log,” relaxed and social

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We all know the phrase “sleeping like a log.” Well, this time it’s literal. Log sleepers are relaxed, easy company, and just as social as the back-sleeping starfish. The log sleeper’s downfall is that they can sometimes be gullible!

Health bonus: the log position is good for straightening the spine and alleviating back pain.

4. “The Soldier,” takes life seriously

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Folk who choose this sleeping position tend to be self-disciplined, high-achieving perfectionists, just like the real soldiers of the world. Structure and organization are paramount for this personality type, and the soldier will always remain cool in a crisis.

Gentle warning: sleep expert Chris Idzikowski informed the BBC that the soldier position is more likely to lead to “snoring and a bad night’s sleep” compared with the others. So watch out, sleeping partners! You might just want to roll your soldier over.

5. “The Yearner,” a soulful cynic

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This side-sleeping position with arms reached out makes it look like the person is yearning, hence the name. Yearners are inviting new experiences, of course. They are open-minded, explorative types who like to consider every option before committing.

Yearners can exercise a healthy cynicism, too, but as a result, they are so sure of themselves that they rarely regret their choices.

6. “The Stargazer,” nothing gets you down!

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Can you fall asleep on your back with your arms tucked up behind your head? You might just be a stargazer! These relaxed sleepers are ultimately happy-go-lucky people who value friendship and new experiences over material possessions.

Just don’t let a stargazer run away with unrealistic expectations; we all have responsibilities, after all.

7. “The Heron,” a loose cannon

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The heron is a side sleeper who likes to doze with a raised knee and arms bent at the elbows. Herons are changeable, indecisive loners, but they are also fun-loving adventurers at their best.

If your version of the “Heron” involves hugging your pillow between your arms, says Reader’s Digest, then you have a tendency to be more gregarious than most.

8. “The Thinker,” a whirlwind of emotions

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Much like the famous statue, the thinking is never over! Not even while you sleep.

Thinkers are constantly oscillating between matters of the heart and the head. They are often contradictory and very susceptible to having their feelings hurt. But thinkers are naturally creative and may even work in the arts.

9. “The Freefaller,” fun-loving but fearful

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If you preference this trusting, open sleeping position, then you are a bit of a free-spirit. Prone to extroversion, you might even be a thrill-seeker (think jumping out of a plane, just like the name suggests!). Freefallers, however, might not be too good at accepting negative feedback.

Interestingly, sleep experts have found that introverts have the strongest aversion to this sleeping position.

10. “The Hugger,” the world’s biggest love-bug

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While it’s not really a “sleeping position” (you could technically hug a pillow on your back, front, or side), pillow hugging says a lot about you. If you do this, then you are a selfless sort who often places others’ needs above your own.

Be careful not to become a doormat, although your loving personality is infectious; you probably have a lot of friends!

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What did you learn about yourself? Share your new insights and find out how many logs, soldiers, and babies you have in your life! But not before telling those pesky snorers to roll over…

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